Smart homes that currently have broken interfaces, technologies, products and platforms are unlikely to become the ultimate smart home.
The smart home industry chain is long and fragmented, and consumers ’pain points and consumption upgrade space exist objectively. However, due to the low standardization of products and high customization attributes, and the lack of a unified platform, it is difficult for smart homes to break out in the short term.
RishiChandra, head of Google's Nest product, is conceiving a vision of the smart home five years from now. Smart homes that currently have broken interfaces, technologies, products and platforms are unlikely to become the ultimate smart home. Because manufacturers are testing consumers to become smart home assemblers, this is a very strange phenomenon.
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Because there are many different standards and protocols, the process of building a smart home becomes very challenging. Basically, each company has its own application that needs to be installed to connect to WiFi or Bluetooth. The rise of the home network is because consumers can buy a router to connect different brands of products to the home network.
Simply put, without a unified platform, it will be one of the biggest obstacles to the ubiquity of smart homes.
RishiChandra believes that there are two key deficiencies in smart homes today. The first missing is a connectivity layer that can truly connect all devices in the home and share context in a trusted and secure way. This connection layer may be WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy or Thread (a low-power network protocol driven by Nest). The second missing piece is the intelligent system. It must be able to process and understand all the signals in the home and output the signal in the right place. For example: When a housewife enters the kitchen and asks GoogleHome for cookie recipes, the recipe steps should be displayed on the NestHub's display, not on the phone screen.
Another key is the way in which AI is processed. In the past, intelligent voice assistants relied on cloud computing. In the future, it must further develop into an AI on-device processing mode. This means that people's data will not be sent to the cloud for processing and verification, but will be performed on people's own devices. This minimizes the opportunities for hackers to intercept and obtain people's information. Therefore, Google hopes that the next generation of intelligent voice assistants will eventually run on the device, not on the cloud.
With a powerful and secure contextual engine, smart home companies can focus on creating useful and intuitive experiences in the future. Therefore, it will make smart home services more personalized rather than social.
Among many members of the family, such smart homes are meaningful if they can properly understand the surrounding environment and then respond. For example: An adult listens to music with a smart speaker in the living room. When his child enters the living room, the intelligent voice assistant must be smart enough not to play songs that are not suitable for this child's age.
In short, human society has moved from the PC and network era to the era of action, and will gradually enter the era of environmental intelligence in the future. This is the moment for the rise of smart homes.
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